The Real Deal: Roundtrip airfare between Los Angeles and Bangkok, tour of Bangkok, Ayutthaya, the Golden Triangle, Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai, and more. Air and ground transportation within Thailand, daily American breakfast buffet, a welcome dinner with entertainment, sightseeing tours, a professional English-speaking tour director and all transfers.
When: Oct. 9-Apr. 16, 2006
Gateways: Los Angeles, New York (add $100)
Details: Taxes and fees will be an extra $195. The prices vary depending on the date of travel.
Book By: July 29, 2005--Extended through Sept. 30, 2005
Contact: Friendly Planet Travel, friendlyplanet.com.
Thailand is trying its hardest to win back its pre-tsunami popularity as one of the world's favorite tourist destinations full of mystical architecture, ancient ruins and miles of white-sand beaches on its many exotic islands. (Who can forget the paradise-like beach of Phi Phi island made famous by Leonardo DiCaprio in the movie "The Beach"?) And with the help of U.S. and other international travel agents promoting affordable packages to the fast-recovering disaster-stricken region, the hard work is paying off.
For the fourth consecutive year, Thailand has snatched the Best Tourism Country Award from a leading Swedish travel magazine. And some of the most beautiful women in the world are arriving there as we speak to compete for the title of Miss Universe in the world-famous pageant to be held on May 31 in the Nonthaburi Province on the outskirts of Bangkok. Tourism Authority of Thailand hopes that the event will attract more visitors by portraying Thailand in a positive light.
So give the beauties a hand and help boost the lagging tourism industry vital for the country's survival by going on a 14-day Friendly Planet's Amazing Thailand Tour--and save $800 per person while you're at it. For $899 you get to explore Bangkok, where Buddhist temples meet modern architecture, Ayutthaya, the ancient capital, the Golden Triangle, Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai, and more. Your stay will be divided between Holiday Inn Silom in Bangkok, Topland Plaza Hotel in the historic province of Phitsanulok, Wienglakor Hotel in the city of Lampang, Rimkok Resort in the mountainous region of Chiang Rai and the final three nights at Chiang Mai's Plaza Hotel.
You can upgrade your trip and spend three extra days in Phuket Island at the Novotel Resort for a total of $1299 or, for a $100 more, venture out to Cambodia's Angkor Wat, paying a total of $1399 and staying at the Princess Angkor Hotel for the extra three days.
All this sounds even better, considering that airfare to Bangkok starts from $714 (Cathay Pacific) from Los Angeles and $824 from New York (China Airlines) in October.